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Supermarket staff raise thousands in memory of 23-year-old colleague

PUBLISHED: 09:37 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 18 June 2015

Tesco run for Life 2015

Tesco run for Life 2015

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£6,000 boost from Race for Life team for Cancer Research UK

MORE than 100 members of staff and their families at a Beckenham supermarket have raised almost £6,000 to help beat cancer.

Tesco workers, their families and friends took part in last weekend’s Race for Life for Cancer Research UK in memory of a young colleague.

Emma Swain, the daughter of store manager Darren Swain, was 23 when she lost her fight with cancer last year.

She had worked as a customer assistant at the petrol station at the store in Croydon Road for eight years.

Staff take part in the race at Crystal Palace Stadium each year and Emma herself took part last year – having already been diagnosed with cervical cancer. The team raised almost £3,000 this time as well as collecting a further £3,000 from store customers before the race.

Mr Swain says he is immensely proud of his colleagues’ efforts.

“Since losing Emma, I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from the Tesco team, from the UK HR director to my store employees who knew her personally,” he said.

“The Race for Life brings us together in a celebratory way to remember Emma, and also raises funds to help Cancer Research UK beat the disease.”

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